High-end family dining is coming to the North End. Jennifer Royale says her Table by Jen Royle "private dinner club" at 445 Hanover St. will feature large bowls and platters that diners seated at the two long tables will pass along as they go from course to course. Read more.
Bryant Rodriguez will attend the Allston Civic Association meeting tomorrow to introduce himself as the new owner of Carlo's Cucina on Brighton Avenue. Read more.
When Certified Meatballs in South Boston gave up their keys. Yes, a restaurant focused on meatballs could not survive in South Boston.
Frank DePasquale and Nick Varano will run a restaurant called Fratelli when the Encore Boston Harbor Resort opens.
The 135-seat Italian restaurant will, of course, serve Italian food, and will fill one of the 13 restaurant spaces at the facility. The only other announced restaurant is another Italian restaurant, operated by Wynn Resorts itself and called Sinatra.
The Board of Appeals today approved plans by the owners of an Italian restaurant on Prince Street to open an Italian restaurant on Hanover Street. Read more.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Maurizio's on Hanover Street plans to serve its last meals ever on Christmas Eve.
The Board of Appeal today approved restaurateur Frank DePasquale's proposal to expand his Assaggio restaurant at 29 Prince St. with a kitchen for a new dining service in which patrons would work with chefs to prepare their meals. Read more.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Felicia's, an Italian restaurant in Stoneham, has closed after more than 50 years in business.
Napoles, a Colombian restaurant and bar (with a lot of Italian items and a really nice pool table) on Bennington Street in East Boston, kept the "crashed" plane that was a hallmark of the Jimmy Maggs restaurant that preceded it.
The Globe reports MIT researchers have developed pastas that can change their shapes when water is added.
The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let an Italian restaurant open on Newbury Street at Fairfield - and if so, whether to let it stay open until 1 a.m. like its owners want, or midnight, like the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay wants. Read more.
Michael Cucchiello reports his 70-year-old bakery, which sells everything from pastries to pan pizza at 356 Bennington St. in Day Square, is moving to Cogliano Plaza on Lincoln Avenue.
Cucchiello had to start looking for a new home earlier this year when his landlord told him the building would become a Dunkin' Donuts.
Reports are pouring in of long lines at the conjoined Prudential and Copley Place Malls - the former for the opening of its new Italian food court, the latter for an Alton Brown book signing at Williams-Sonoma. No word if the two malls' security forces are trying to keep the lines apart to avoid an implosion or worse.
Richard Auffrey notes Eataly plans to hire 600 workers in an already tight market for its mega-place where the old Pru food court used to be, and how they'll find and, more important, retain all those workers after looking at a job site's comments on the New York Eataly.
The Boston Licensing Board today rejected requests from several restaurants in the North End, Chinatown and the South Boston waterfront to serve hard liquor, saying there's no public need in an area already full of places to get a drink. Read more.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports Isabella's will become an Italian place called Cafe Tremezzo.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports that La Hacienda on Medford Street has closed for good.
City Councilor Tim McCarthy reports he was the first customer today at Antonio's Bacaro on Fairmount Avenue. He adds that currently just the bar at the Italian restaurant is open.
Joseph and Sonia Garufi, owners of Sophia's Grotto in Roslindale Square, have been working to restore the space - where Dottie's and the Hyde used to be - for more than a year and a half.
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